This year my husband had a milestone birthday, and early on I decided instead of giving him a ‘thing’ present we would spend time together as a family creating memories. I think as adults you get to the stage where you have everything you want or need, or at least most of it within reason! But what you treasure most are memories.
We decided to head to Ramada Resort by Wyndham at Golden Beach as we’ve holidayed in the area before and it’s extremely family friendly. The beach is quiet and calm and perfect for young kids to play and explore at, and it’s literally across the road from the resort! The other reason we chose Ramada Golden Beach is because the lagoon style pool is family friendly AND has a slide! As expected, the boys were over the moon when they discovered it!
We headed up from Brisbane on Saturday, leaving at lunch time so Bambino would have his nap in the car, stopped into the Aldi down the road from the resort for a few supplies and arrived just on check in time (perfection!). We quickly unpacked and went straight to the pool – the boys couldn’t contain themselves!
After their swim we went back to the room for some afternoon tea, being active little swimmers is hard work! Before going LITERALLY across the road to the beach. It’s the perfect beach for little ones to play at, so calm and quiet.
The boys played happily on the beach for hours, and we decided that instead of taking advantage of the restaurants and cafes on our doorstep we’d have a picnic in the room as it had been a big day for them. They thought it was great!
We had a two bedroom apartment which was perfect as we popped Bambino down first in his portacot and then once he was asleep Bebe would go to bed. Of course the boys were up super early the next morning, the loved watching the ocean from our balcony and even saw a giant shipping container ship go past at one point which the loved! We headed down to the beach for a walk before breakfast and the boys found a crab! Bebe chased it in the water for a bit before it disappeared into the sand. These are all the magic little moments they will remember for a lifetime!
Home from our walk we had breakfast on the balcony overlooking the ocean on our doorstep. As lovely as it would be to eat out all the time, we actually find it easier to have meals at the room because the boys can have some chill out time and also because Bambino is at that 2 year old stage where he doesn’t want to sit still in a café! So having him on the balcony (which was huge) being able to move around while we enjoyed the eggs and bacon hubby whipped up in the kitchen was perfect. Of course straight after breakfast the boys were desperate to go back to the pool… they wanted that slide!
It’s exhausting work being on holidays… after a nice big swim we went back to the room for lunch and a rest before, you guessed it, Heading back to the beach! What a life! We could really get used to this! While the boys rested hubby and I enjoyed a wine and cheese platter on the balcony. I love how holidays basically force you to forget all the ‘jobs’ you have to do and focus on what’s important, time together!
Pete and I have always wanted the lifestyle of the beach, going for strolls in the afternoon and enjoying the sea breezes and views. We took up a little fishing rod and Pete showed the boys how to cast and hold the rod. I’m not the sort of girl who is interested in fishing at ALL, however it was such an emotional and magical moment for me to be able to sit and enjoy watching such a beautiful moment between the boys. I’m sure when they’re older they’ll always remember when Dad taught them how to fish.
We had a chilled night on Sunday night, the boys were sleepy from all the excitement and sea air of the day, and I had a special surprise for them for Monday! Pete knew, but the boys didn’t, that we were off to Australia Zoo the next day! I did have a very special surprise for them all though, that I didn’t tell them about until we were actually there… feeding the giraffes!
We arrived at Australia Zoo before it opened, wanting to make sure we got to spend a full day enjoying it. It is something we have been meaning to do for so long, but as annual pass holder for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary we haven’t gotten around to it yet. It was everything we had hoped for and more, as soon as we were through the gates (super quick because we had purchased our tickets prior) there were staff with animals the boys could touch and hold as they learnt about them! Amazing!
Bambino has NO fear. He took particular liking to the baby alligator and kept trying to hold it saying “I want it! Mine!”. Heat attack. I subtly guided my family towards AFRICA, SO excited to let them know that they were going to feed the Giraffes!
I know Giraffes are big, but when you see them up close they are BIG! And so incredibly beautiful, it’s not something any of us will ever forget!
We headed back up to the food area for some lunch, stopping to marvel at all the beautiful animals. Bambino was very taken with the lion aka Tiger ha ha, and Bebe LOVED the wetlands bird area that also had dinosaurs. There’s even a water play area, which I hadn’t realised about! Bebe was too shy to go in and play in his undies but Bambino was straight in nudie loving life!
Tuckered out from all their adventuring, we headed back to Brisbane with two sleeping boys in the back. Hearts full, memories made and a very happy husband who has said he ONLY wants memory making experiences for gifts from now on!
When was the last time you made some memories with you family?
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We were kindly invited to stay at Wyndham Ramada Golden Beach & experience Australia Zoo according to my Disclosure Policy. All views and words are my own.